In windows environment, I have noticed some computers pick up DHCP address even before they get windows OS installed.
For instance if I install vmware ESX it will pick up DHCP IP address... If I install an HP server it will also pick up DHCP IP address before windows OS is installed..
I was wondering what is the usage of windows DHCP client service if a computer is able to pick and IP address before even the OS is installed.
one thing I thought about is if a computer picks an IP address before the OS is installed, when the OS is installed, windows DHCP client can reassign IP address according to windows DHCP server configuration such as pools and scope options, exclusions,etc...
any expert out there to clear this up?